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PGCE Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS)

University of Bedfordshire School of Education Studies

Full time September PGCE Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years.

Partnerships with local schools and early years settings give you opportunities to put theory into practice on two contrasting placements, supported by experienced mentors and University staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

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• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad knowledge and secure understanding of early years teaching and learning theories – delivered by a long-established teacher training partnership
• Explore your passion for working with babies and young children, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing early years teaching, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your experience in the workplace as well as research interests that you can apply to your own practice
• Gain knowledge of key policy developments in the Early Years and foundation phase, with added consideration of international perspectives
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), enabling you to work in a nursery, private childcare setting, free school and academy; to start your own setting or take up work as a childminder
• Pursue continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.


• The Professional Early Years Practitioner
• High Quality Practice in the Early Years
• The Early Years Researcher
• The Reflective Early Years Practitioner


You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you.

As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.


Early Years Teacher Status is a new nationally-recognised qualification. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession.

The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting and school, qualified to teach young children from birth to age 5.

You will keep abreast of policy and research developments, engage in research at your own setting and work with families and other professionals to improve outcomes for babies and young children.

You are also likely to take up further study to Masters Level, e.g. MA Education, MA Education (Early Years), MA Education (Special Educational Needs), MA Education (Leadership) and beyond.


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Entry Requirements

You will take part in a selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a teacher of young children from birth to 5. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should:Be a graduateHave grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Mathematics and ScienceHave experience within an Early Years/Key Stage 1 setting for a minimum of two weeksObtain DBSPass professional skills tests in

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